Kosovo power plant blast kills three

June 06, 2014 - 1:58:54 pm

PRISTINA: At least three people were killed and many more were injured in a suspected gas explosion at a major power plant outside the Kosovo capital Pristina on Friday.

"Until now we have three confirmed dead and many injured," Derat Rukiqi, the chairman of plant's management board told AFP.

The head of Pristina's emergency centre Basri Lenanji said 13 people had been taken their with injuries.

Ambulances were seen speeding to and from the blast site, which was sealed off by police.

Rukiqi said the blast --  heard in Pristina 10 kilometres (six miles) away -- was believed to have been caused by gas.

Thick black smoke could be seen above the plant, Kosovo A, the second largest power station in the country with capacity of 449 MW.

The European Union has described the plant as the worst single source of pollution in Kosovo. It is expected to be closed by 2017. (AFP)

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